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October 14, 2010

While at the river I went ahead and made the tricky climb down into the rocky gorge to get the lower angle view of Jemez Falls. The late afternoon sun was very bright which would normally necessitate a high shutter speed but I went down prepared to be able to make a slow exposure that would allow the water to have a soft streaming look to it. I’ve made the climb in the past with a full-size tripod strapped on my back and trust me, it’s not fun. This time I had my little gorilla-pod clipped to my belt instead and used it to steady my camera on top of a boulder down in the gorge. I put a neutral density filter on the lens, used my lowest ISO setting, and went to the highest aperture value my lens was capable of to cut the bright afternoon light down to a level that allowed me use a relatively slow shutter speed of 1/8 second. It was just slow enough to render the look that I wanted. I made a few exposures at different spots and then took several deep breaths before starting my climb back up to the top.

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  1. Kathleen permalink
    October 14, 2010 5:57 am

    Beautiful, Jim. The water is perfect.

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